Kar Banshi (A Flute, Not Known Whose)


Tagore(1861-1941) performing the title role in Valmiki Pratibha (1881) with his niece Indira Devi as the goddess Lakshmi.


Rabindra-Sangeet (Tagore Song): Kar Banshi (A Flute, Not Known Whose)

Composed: 1332 (1925)

Category: Prokriti (Nature)


Bengali Lyrics:


মরি লো)   কার বাঁশি নিশিভোরে বাজিল মোর প্রাণে

          ফুটে দিগন্তে অরুণকিরণকলিকা ॥

     শরতের আলোতে সুন্দর আসে,        

                   ধরণীর আঁখি যে শিশিরে ভাসে,

          হৃদয়কুঞ্জবনে মুঞ্জরিল মধুর শেফালিকা ॥


The Song in English Script:


Mori lo kar banshi nishibhore bajilo more prane

Phute digonte arunokiranokolika

Shoroter aalote shundor aashe

Dharonir aankhi je shishire bhashe

Hridoykunjobone munjorilo madhur shephalika



The Song in English Translation:


A flute, not known whose, plays in my core at dawn

  When the tawny-ruddy sun blossoms on the horizon.

     In the autumn light,      Beauty arrives,

              Gaia is there with Her dewy eyes,

In the bower of my heart sweet Shefali* blooms too.

        A moment to die for….


*Night Jasmine or Coral Jasmine, an autumnal flower & a native to South and South East Asia


Translated by Sumana Roy


The Song is Here sung by Kanika Banerjee


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